The Hollywood actor and director visited Ukraine as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and met with Zelensky after touring occupied settlements within the Kyiv area, the Ukraine chief’s official web site stated in a press launch.
In a video that appeared on Twitter, Stiller and Zelensky warmly greeted each other earlier than they sat down to debate the plight of refugees within the war-torn nation displaced by an invasion by Russia and its army. “You’re my hero!” a beaming Zoolander star stated at one level as his go to marked World Refugee Day.
Stiller was accompanied by UNHCR consultant in Ukraine Karolina Lindholm Billing, who accompanied the Hollywood actor as he walked via ruined residential areas of Irpin, the place they talked to individuals who survived the occupation.
“It’s one factor to see this destruction on TV or on social networks. Another factor is to see all of it with your personal eyes. That’s much more stunning,” Stiller informed Zelensky. “What you noticed in Irpin is unquestionably dreadful. But it’s even worse to simply think about what is going on within the settlements which can be nonetheless underneath non permanent occupation within the east,” Zelensky stated in response.
Zelensky and Stiller mentioned assist for briefly displaced individuals in Ukraine, in addition to these in Poland, with whom Stiller had visited on Sunday. Zelensky additionally emphasised the violation of the rights of Ukrainians forcibly deported to Russia, together with youngsters.
In late February, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a army invasion in Ukraine, which has since escalated right into a far-reaching international disaster and elicited robust assist for the individuals of Ukraine from high media and leisure industries.
Stiller additionally appeared in a separate video enchantment that streamed on the UNHCR Instagram web page. “Hey, I’m Ben Stiller and I’m right here within the Ukraine. War and violence are devastating individuals everywhere in the world. Nobody chooses to flee their dwelling. Seeking security is a proper. And it must be upheld for each particular person,” he stated.